Board of Directors
Bill Boggess is professor and Executive Associate Dean the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. He served as Interim Dean of the College from July 2008 to August 2009 and as President of the OSU Faculty Senate in 2006. Before moving to the Dean’s Office, he served 11 years as Head of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University. Prior to joining Oregon State University, Bill spent 16 years on the faculty at the University of Florida where he was involved in greater Everglades research. His research interests include interactions between agriculture and the environment and economic dimensions and indicators of ecosystem health.
Bill currently serves on the National Research Council’s Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress and was an inaugural Food System Leadership Institute Fellow. He previously served on the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers, the State of Oregon Environment Report Science Panel, and was active in the design of the Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Bill has a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University. An avid biker, Bill makes his home in Corvallis.
Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder worked as a science teacher and in the Northwestern forests. He started the bicycling revolution in Portland, Oregon as a founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. An early leader in sustainability and equity, Burkholder also co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse NGOs in the greater Portland region. He was elected to the Metro Council in 2000, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government in Oregon. He has served on key task forces as well as national boards including Rail~volution and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Recipient of numerous local awards, his work has been recognized internationally as well, being invited to speak in countries throughout Latin America on sustainable transportation and climate change. He was honored in 2010 as a Global Ambassador for Ciclovia, an international movement to reclaim cities from the automobile.
Aja DeCoteau is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, and has 15 years experience working on natural resource management and policy issues in Indian Country. Since 2010, she has served as the Watershed Department Manager for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) providing technical assistance and coordination for the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama tribes. In her work, Aja is a key member in a variety of regional processes that directly support the work of salmon restoration at the watershed and basin level, relying on principles outlined in the Tribal Salmon Restoration Plan called Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (Spirit of the Salmon). Aja received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College, and holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Mary Driver has a degree in law from University of Michigan Law School (1985). Following a professional career in legal research, grant writing, and nonprofit communications, she relocated to southern Oregon in 2006. She is currently the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the Institute for Conservation Leadership and serves on the Climate Change Fund Advisory Committee of the Laird Norton Family Foundation. She also serves the Steering and Program Committees for the Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, and the board of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She lives in the Rogue Valley with her husband Clint Driver.
Robin Engle is an activist and development professional with a passion for building nonprofit organizations and progressive movements. She grew up on the shores of the Puget Sound and was inspired to be active politically at an early age by her grandmother Robin is the Development Director for Oregon League of Conservation Voters, where she works to protect Oregon’s environment by electing pro-environment candidates, passing good environmental policy, and bringing the environmental community together around a shared set of goals. Prior to her work at OLCV, Robin was the Development Director for Columbia Riverkeeper, ran field and fundraising offices for political campaigns, and worked as Development Associate at Environment Oregon. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science, and serves as board Secretary for , Oregon’s environmental workplace giving organization., an first-wave environmental leader, general muckraker, and excellent cookie-baker.
Robin is co-chair of OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board, and sits on OEC’s Board of Directors.
Bobby Green Sr.
As the director of local government affairs, Bobby Green Sr. represents Oregon Health Authority in local government relationships. He is responsible for OHA department-wide policies and programs that support strong county relationships. He collaborates and problem-solves with local government leadership to ensure the OHA program goals and service requirements are met in areas where local entities provide client services on behalf of OHA.
Bobby most recently served as the legislative liaison for the Association of Oregon Community Mental Programs (AOCMHP). He was a Lane County Commissioner for 13 years and served as chair three times. He also served as president of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) in 2007. He was a long-time Eugene City Councilor for Ward 6 and has extensive involvement with community and state-level organizations.
Rick Gustafson is Vice President of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, a project management firm with offices in Portland and Seattle. He joined the firm in 1987 and serves as a principal in the company. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Yale University and a Masters Degree in Urban Economics from Wayne State University. Rick was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1975 and served on the Ways and Means Committee for two terms. In 1978, he served as Metro’s first elected Executive Officer, a post he held until 1986. He lives in northeast Portland.
Marc Heisterkamp is the Director of Strategic Accounts for the commercial real estate, financial services and healthcare sectors at the U.S. Green Building Council. His work in obtaining high profile portfolio level commitments from major companies has brought over 1 billion square feet of LEED registrations to the green building movement. Marc has been with USGBC since 2003, minus a two year stint as a Vice President and Sustainability Manager at Bank of America. In that role he was responsible for green leasing and LEED programs on a 120 million square foot real estate portfolio.
Marc has a Bachelors of Science in Biology & Natural Resources and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a proud Pacific Northwest native and resides in Portland, OR with his wife Heather.
Joel Nigg is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU. A native of Northeast Iowa, along the Mississippi river, he traveled East to obtained a BA in the Comparative Study of Religion at Harvard, a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan, and then ventured West to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. He joined the faculty in Psychology at Michigan State in 1996 and remained there until moving to OHSU in 2008. He directs the ADHD Program at OHSU, a large federally-funded program to investigate the causes of child attention, learning, and impulse control problems. He also has an interest in environmental contributors to child mental illness, including the potential role of dietary factors and neurotoxicant pollutants. He has over 140 peer reviewed publications and a book entitled What Causes ADHD (Guilford, 2006) and sits on several editorial boards and advisory bodies related to child mental illness.
A licensed clinician, he also runs a neuropsychological assessment clinic for children one day per week at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. He brings to OEC’s Board scientific expertise in children’s health and development, and a passion for combining his scholarship with community involvement to address environmental challenges to children’s well being.
Cindi O’Neil is Vice President and Co-Owner of SolAire Homebuilders, a custom home builder specializing in green homes and sustainable building practices. Prior to joining SolAire, Cindi dedicated twenty-five years of her life to natural resource conservation and protection. Her Master’s Degree in Plant Ecology from the University of Montana led her to protecting natural habitats for rare species for the Nature Conservancy and then later working for sustainable forest practices with the US Forest Service here in Oregon. Public relations, marketing, financial management, fundraising, field research, deep ecology, and leadership of interdisciplinary natural resource teams are all part of her past experience. Cindi makes her home in Bend.
Nawzad Othman is the founder of The Othman Group, an international consulting firm, and has more than 30 years’ experience as a CEO, community leader an successful entrepreneur. Nawzad was born in Erbil, Iraq, emigrated to the United States in 1957, and has been a United States citizen for more than 50 years. Nawzad created The Othman Group in 2012 to assist clients in the Pacific Northwest and the Middle East with business strategies, investment opportunities and sustainable practices. The firm’s associates work from offices in Portland, Oregon, Erbil, Iraq, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Nawzad was also the co-founder of Otak, Inc., one of Oregon’s largest and most respected architecture and engineering firms, and served as CEO of the company for 30 years until his retirement in 2012. Under Nawzad’s leadership, the firm developed a reputation for excellence in smart growth planning, sustainable design and development, and innovative transportation solutions. Nawzad has held numerous leadership positions in professional, non-profit and educational organizations and is currently chair of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. His record of business and community leadership has earned recognition in Oregon and SW Washington in the areas of urban development, and sustainability.
Idaho native Doris Penwell began her career during the tumultuous 60’s learning the ins-and-outs of politics through work with two political icons: Senator Frank Church in Washington D.C. and later Oregon Governor Tom McCall. Her political education was rounded out by moving to the Oregon legislature to work for Speaker Phil Lang.
Doris has worked for State agencies including Workers’ Compensation and Oregon Economic & Community Development (now Business Oregon). She retired in 1999 but continued to represent economic development issues at the legislature. In 2004, she began work as a policy analyst with the Association of Oregon Counties. There she helped develop resource tools for infrastructure financing and business incentives for attracting quality jobs to communities. Additionally she worked on building capacity in communities, rural counties in particular and became fully immersed in the state’s policy work for energy conservation and development. The 2007 legislation that established the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for Oregon required a whole new area of law. These policy changes called for the development of tools and special resources that would attract new business and help utilities to comply with Oregon’s RPS, especially fruitful for rural Oregon.
Doris is a long-standing member of the board of Rural Development Initiatives, Inc., and is current President of her PEO Chapter DM (a national women’s philanthropic and service organization) in Salem.
Lane Shetterly is a partner in the law firm Shetterly Irick and Ozias in Dallas, Oregon, where he began his law practice in 1981. From 2004 through August, 2007, Mr. Shetterly was the director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Prior to that, Mr. Shetterly served seven years in the Oregon Legislature. He served as Speaker pro tem of the House from 2001 until he resigned to become director. Since 1998, he has been chair of the Oregon Law Commission, and was appointed by the Governor in 2005 to serve as a representative from Oregon on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. In 2010 he received the Henry and Helen Graven Award for his contributions to community, church and society from Wartburg College, Iowa.
Mr. Shetterly was born in Dallas, Oregon. He graduated with honors from Western Oregon University (OCE) in 1977 with a BS in Education, and with honors from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, in 1981. He is married to Francine, and they have two children, Joel and Lauren.
Sophia Tzeng is an executive and entrepreneur specializing in startup and transitional social enterprises. Formerly an attorney with Cleary Gottlieb and founder of a successful PR-events company in Manhattan, since 2007, Sophia has directed and advised organizations committed to scalable social impact. Focus areas have included the environment, education, economic empowerment, and most recently, health care.
A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, Sophia is a Board Member of DePaul Industries, Partner with Social Venture Partners Portland and the proud mother of three growing, gabbing girls.